Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electric utility giant The Southern Company
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Southern's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Atlanta (1945)|
|Market Cap||$39.4 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$16.9 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Thomas Fanning
CFO Art Beattie
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||12%|
|Cash/Debt||$665.0 million / $22.0 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 95% of the 1,084 members who have rated Southern believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
[Southern] historically provides stability in depressed markets and recovers more quickly than most on emerging from depressed markets. [Southern] is making the change to natural gas fired plants as a replacement for coal energy. It's cheaper, simpler to permit and operate, and less polluting. Other utilities are going this direction; [Southern] is simply in the lead.
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